The Importance Of Rest Days

Rest and recovery days are essential for our mind and body to recover, perform better, and prevent injury. You should aim to have at least 1 rest day every 7 to 10 days, however, everybody is different and some may require more rest than others.

Rest days do not just mean sitting on the couch and doing nothing. Here are a few things you should try to remember in order to enhance your recovery on your rest day.

Staying hydrated. Water helps flush out toxins, transport nutrients, and reduce friction within your joints. It is recommended to be drinking around 2 to 3 litres of water per day.

Eating well. A balanced diet enables your muscles to recover and replenishes your energy levels. The topic of nutrition is too broad to assign a single number to each reader however you should try to remember to include 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables a day.

Sleeping well. Getting enough sleep is vital for our body and mind to function. The average person should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

Stretching. Regular stretching can improve flexibility, prevent stiffness and reduce the risk of injury. It requires little effort and has many great benefits.

The best way you can enhance your recovery days is by listening to your body because we all require our own needs at different levels. If you need more help to create an individualised recovery plan, come see one of our physiotherapists here at Back To Health. Call us on 9997 4970 or email us at [email protected] to talk to one of our trained professionals.